Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms and behaviours that occur when the brain stops working properly. This results in loss of independent function for that person.
Daily brain exercises may help decrease your risk of developing dementia by building cognitive reserve.
This page will help you to find local services in relation to dementia quickly and efficiently.
If you are living with dementia, this section offers some practical advice on living your life to the full.
Within communities people are taking action, big and small steps that make a difference in the everyday lives of people with dementia. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
Businesses or service providers can make a big difference to the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
A community champion inspires others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia and their families. Find out how you can become a community champion and the supports available.
How to diminish the risk factors and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
The National Dementia Office (NDO) was established in 2015 in accordance with the launch of the National Dementia Strategy (2014). The NDO provides leadership at a system level for the implementation of the strategy. Its role and function is to oversee the implementation, monitoring, and ongoing evaluation of the National Dementia Strategy.
The NDO is established under the remit of the National Social Care Division HSE.
Our vision is that people with dementia and their family carers receive the supports and services they need to fulfil their potential and to maintain their identity, resilience and dignity as valued and active citizens in society.
Our mission is to transform the dementia landscape in Ireland by:
The values that will guide the NDO in all its activities and interactions in realising its mission are: Professionalism and Accountability, Dignity, Respect, Compassion, Collaboration and Partnership, Empowerment and a Rights-Based Approach.
Mary was appointed to the post of General Manager, National Dementia Office HSE in 2016. Prior to taking up this National Post, Mary was Director of the Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development unit for the Midlands region. She also held the post of National Nursing Lead for Dementia for the office for Nursing & Midwifery Directorate (ONMSD) working with the National Dementia Strategy office supporting the implementation of the strategy.
Since 2009, she has represented the HSE on matters relating to dementia education and service improvement. She was the project lead for the highly successful National Dementia Education project and is currently the HSE Lead for the Dementia Elevator project with Dublin City University.
She has an MSc in Interdisciplinary Dementia Studies from the University of Ulster, along with an MSc in Education and Training Management from Dublin City University.
Anna de Siún
Anna is a Senior Project Manager in the National Dementia Office, joining the team in February 2017. Prior to joining the HSE, Anna worked with the Irish Hospice Foundation, developing and implementing a programme to support staff in Older Person Residential Care Settings enhance their end-of-life care practices.
Anna has worked extensively in older person care, including the Irish National Audit of Dementia Care (INAD) in Acute Hospitals, the National Dementia Education Programme and the National Falls Prevention Strategy, giving her the opportunity to develop her research, programme development and project management skills. This work has given her a deep respect for the dignity and individuality of each person working in and accessing health care services in Ireland. She holds a BA in Psychology, BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an MHSc in Health Services Research.
Dr. Emer Begley
Emer is a Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office. Prior to joining the HSE in January 2017, Emer worked for eight years in the Community and Voluntary Sector working with a number of advocacy organisations focusing on dementia and ageing. Most recently she was Policy and Research Manager with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Prior to this, she was with Age Action as their Senior Policy Officer.
Her academic background is in social policy and social research, completing her PhD in 2009 from Trinity College where her research focused on the lived experience and health and social care needs of people living with early-stage dementia. She also holds a BA in Sociology, an HDip Statistics and an MSc in Applied Social Research.
Dr. Suzanne Timmons
Dr. Suzanne Timmons joined the team in October 2017 as Clinical Lead for the National Dementia Office. Suzanne is a geriatrician in Cork, Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, UCC, and Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation, UCC. She has a special interest in health service research and quality improvement in the area of dementia and delirium care in acute hospitals. She co-led the Irish and Northern Ireland National Audits of Dementia and, on behalf of the National Clinical Programme for Older People, chaired a working group to develop a national delirium algorithm for use on acute hospital wards.
Research projects include the multi-hospital Cork Dementia Study; an RCT of augmented physical activity in older people in hospital (APEP); and early delirium recognition/detection (the Cork Delirium Studies). Dr. Timmons leads the Cork Integrated Dementia care Across Settings (Cork-IDEAS) project, developing an integrated dementia care pathway between the community and acute hospital.
Dr. John Linehan
John Linehan graduated as a general nurse from Cork University Hospital. He subsequently worked as a nurse tutor, and lecturer in nursing in University College Cork. John worked as Director of Nursing in Kanturk Community Hospital before taking on the role of Co-ordinator of Older People Services for the North Cork area. Subsequently John worked as a specialist for older people services, a role that he currently holds.
John has a keen interest in the area of dementia, and has chaired a number of national working groups in dementia in the past. John holds a Doctorate in Nursing from University College Cork.
Stephanie joined the office in September 2017 as administrator.
E-mail: Dementia.Office@hse.ie or Stephanie.Connell@hse.ie Phone: 057 931 8451